How fast can a Calico Cat run, and how high Can They Jump?

Cats are known to be the sassiest yet furry little creatures. However, did you know they can be quite athletic? We usually see our cats snuggle on our couches and laze around, but they can be athletic if they like. They can run fast, jump high, and cross us even in being the most athletic.

However, can a calico cat run as fast and jump as high as a regular cat? Let us see how calico cats are the same as other cats in running and jumping through this article. Read below to know more.

How fast can a Calico cat run?

Calico cat or domestic cat, all cats can run fast and high jump from a given spot because of their body’s composition. Cats can be the fastest runners, even more so than human beings. A human can run as fast as 27mph, with only a few athletes in their best conditions. An ordinary human can run up to 10 mph, too, with extreme difficulties.

On the other hand, Cats can run with an amazing speed of 30 mph without any actual training or stretching. Cats are that athletic and amazing. All the cat wants is a bit of motivation to run that fast which usually comes in fear, such as running from a big dog, etc.

Calico cats are no different than domestic cats since Calico means the color of the cat’s coating. It has nothing to do with a cat’s ability to jump and run. Therefore, calico cats can run up to 30mph, just like any other cat.

How high can a calico cat jump?

We’ve seen and read all about a cat running fast and agile, but let us see how high cats can jump. The Guinness Book of Records has recorded an 8.07 feet high jump through a hoop by a Chinese acrobat but considering your feline falls shot because of their height, they cannot jump that tall. However, a cat can jump up to 5 feet and even more than that without running. The height is actually seven times more than their actual height. 

House cats can jump even much higher than dogs, and that too at great distances, granted how tiny their bodies are. A cat is known to jump high, i.e., 5 to 6 times its own body’s length, i.e., 2.3m till 2.76m.

Why can cats jump so high?

A study states that calculated the thigh muscle activity of a cat stated that a cat could touch a cotton ball placed up to a high of 1.6m. See the clip of a cat jumping as high as 6.7ft. Here

Some factors that affect a cat while they jump are:

  • The length of their hind limbs.
  • Their fat mass to their lean body mass
  • Age; since a young cat would be more agile than an old cat with arthritis.
  • Any medical conditions that could affect a cat’s mobility.

How high can a kitten jump?

Cats can jump to high heights, and the highest recorded by the Guinness world record book is 7ft. by Waffle, known as the Warrior cat. 

However, a kitten might not be able to jump that high because of its underdeveloped body. However, kittens are great climbers and can climb a small tree too.

Can a cat sprint?

Yes! Cats are sprinters, and their speed is faster because they sprint at short distances. Therefore, domestic cats can sprint up to 20 to 30 miles per hour. Their sprinting ability depends on their breed. Wild cats, for example, can jump up to 20 to 70 miles per hour.

About a cat’s agility

Nobody can beat a cat to be the most agile animal and even maneuver her human movement. They can even make split-second movements such as starting and stopping in a second, swiftly changing directions, and even leap with a long stride.

Cats can be extremely flexible as much as they can be graceful because of their agility in their body structure. They can even show aerial moves while jumping high. 

If you compare a cat’s agility to a human’s ability to play basketball and football, the cat would play better and be more flexible than their competition. However, since a cat’s hand falls short of a human’s, they can’t play it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is the fastest cat breed?

The fastest cat breed is the Egyptian Mau, which can speed up to 48 km/h and is known as the feline greyhound. They can leap well because of their muscular and powerful legs.

Q2. Can a house cat outrun a dog?

Usually, domestic dogs are way faster than domestic cats. However, some cat breeds can run faster than domestic dogs. But domestic dogs can run up to 35 to 40 mph.

Q3. How fast can an Ocicat run?

Ocicat cats can run up to 30 kph because they love running. 

Q4. How can cats jump so high?

Cats have a flexible musculoskeletal system that enables exceptional coordination, and they can jump higher than you would imagine.

Q5. Can a cat survive a 15 ft fall?

Yes, cats can fall even more than 15 ft fall without injury. Any study or any personal experience does not define the exact number of how much they can fall without injury. With that being said, cats can fall as far as 200ft. or 20 stories with a little injury or no injury at all.


Cats are pretty much the most agile and athletic animals, even though they may not look the part. They can even jump higher than any human can, meaning they jump as high as six times their body’s length. However, it might decline when they grow old and get arthritis. 

Cats are known for their cuddly and sassy behavior, but they are athletic. However, even though they look cute doing that, a pet owner should always be careful of where their cat lands because they might fall anywhere. So it’s always great to keep a watch on them.

Amelia Kteylor

Amelia Kteylor, DVM, attended the University of Georgia. She is a cat expert with 20 years of experiences in field. She has a passion as a writer and editor for pet publishing industry too. Amelia contributes to numerous pet magazines in the areas of pet health and groom. Further, she volunteered in cat rescue centers in her leisure time.

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